The Ayeyarwady has been and still remains the lifeline of Myanmar. Ferries, bamboo rafts, barges and fishing boats, all glide leisurely along the river, since there is no reason to hurry in Myanmar. Over the centuries this mighty river has seen Myanmar changing and developing on its banks.


  • Heritage
  • Landscape


  • Bamboo Rafts
  • Fishing Boats
  • Leisure

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Exterior view of Paukan Cruise in Mandalay/Ayeryaddy, Myanmar
Paukan Cruise (Mandalay)

Style: Cruise

The charming traditional Paukan cruise ship offers you a wonderful river cruise experience on the Irrawaddy river.

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Road to Mandalay / Ayeyarwady

Style: Cruise

This luxury ship is all set to take you on board for an exciting cruise from Mandalay to Bagan.

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Activities in Mandalay / Ayeyarwady

Included activities at Road to Mandalay-4 Day (Mandalay-Bagan)

Join the Road To Mandalay on a 2N cruise along the Ayeyarwady River; meet local people, unravel history, re-live legends! Fly into Mandalay from Yangon; board the boat at Shwe Kyet Yet on the Ayeyarwaddy River; check in; meet your crew. Tour Mandalay’s main sights; back aboard for dinner, entertainment, overnight. Post breakfast, visit Sagaing – the ‘living centre’ of Buddhist faith, famous for its silversmiths doing traditional work styles. Sail southwards; relax, observe local life on the banks; learn of local places, customs. Dinner follows a casual cocktail party aboard; retire overnight. Next day, reach Bagan; see over 2,000 temples and pagodas scattered on an awe-inspiring plain beside the river; visit few important pagodas, or hire a bicycle/horse-drawn cart to explore by yourself; aboard for entertainment, dinner. Check out next day, drive to Bagan airport for your Yangon flight.

Included activities at Paukan Cruise-3 Day (Mandalay-Bagan)

Take a 2N Paukan Cruise ‘Downriver’ from royal Mandalay to ancient Bagan to discover life along the mighty Irrawaddy River. Board the Paukan in Mandalay at Gawein Jetty; check in; sip cocktails in the Saloon. Sail upstream to Minguin; visit the Minguin Pagoda complex; moor overnight at a sandbank mid-stream; dine, see a dance-drama. Next day cruise downstream to Sagaing; see the river’s natural beauty, local life. See the sun rise over Sagaing Hill; alight to visit here; cruise further downstream to Yandabo Pottery village – where the First Anglo-Burmese war peace treaty was signed. Cruise the rest of the day; moor overnight near Shwe Nann Tint river village. Next day sail downriver to Bagan. Time permitting, visit another river village. Disembark near Wetkyi-Inn Village (north of Old Bagan); drive to your hotel.

Included activities at Paukan Cruise 2 Day (Mandalay-Bagan)

Embark on a 1 night cruise ‘Down River’ on the Irrawaddy Princess II River Cruise…a traditional Myanmar riverboat traveling along the Irrawaddy River between Mandalay and Bagan. Embark on your cruise downriver around 0900hrs at Shwe Kyat Yet jetty. Sip a ‘Welcome Cocktail’ in the Saloon; after cruising a while, stop at Yandabo village specializing in Pottery making, and where the First Anglo-Burmese war peace treaty was signed in 1826. Cruise leisurely the rest of the day; moor overnight near a typical river village or sandbank; overnight on the Irrawaddy Princess II. Early next morning, proceed downriver back to Bagan.


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